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Where Brooklyn at? Brooklyn… Where you at? Hello?

Jun 25, 2014 8:15:00 AM / by Troy Petrunoff

Ah, you must still be recovering from AngelHack’s big bad Spring 2014 hackathon that went down HARD! The Big Apple’s up-and-coming devs and designers met at digital strategy agency HUGE’s office, under the Brooklyn Bridge, for an all-night coding epic. Big shout out to Fern Diaz from HUGE for taking charge in making it happen!

Hundreds attended, all with ideas and visions to see fulfilled. But they didn’t come because there was nothing better going on (this is NYC, after all). They were competing for the prizes made available by our incredible sponsors. Bitcoins and travel opportunities were at stake, but the grand prize of acceptance into AngelHack’s Spring 2014 HACKcelerator program caught everyone’s attention!

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A panel of industry pros was on hand to judge and mentor the competition. Among them was Lauri Apple from online shopping giant GILT (maybe you got your socks there). Bobby Gill of Blue Label Labs and ideatoappster.com hosted a great workshop on app launch strategy, centered on their new iOS word game Word Hack. Google software engineer and self-proclaimed miracle worker Baris Yuksel gave a presentation on the ins and outs of machine learning.

After watching dozens of amazing pitches and demos, judges and experts had their work cut out in deciding winners. By the end though, projects from a few teams really impressed them and earned the awesome prizes.

Unifi snagged the grand prize and will see their work progress in the Summer 2014 HACKcelerator program! Congratulations, see you on the West Coast soon! Bitcoin Payroll were the runners up, and earned five bitcoins from BitPay. They’ll be laughing all the way to the bank (at some point in the future).

HUGE gave their prize to the one man team of Subvisor for a cool Oculus Rift hack. Another hack, Childhood Nutrition Dashboard, got the BlackBerry prize - because everyone wants kids to be healthy!

No doubt, the team behind Bayou Some Groceries (pun intended!) will get a taste of Creole cuisine in the near future… they won a trip to New Orleans on behalf of the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation’s Alliance Institute! The Institute exists to improve economic and social justice in New Orleans and other Gulf Coast communities. They do this through philanthropy campaigns focusing on civic engagement and human rights, all with the intention of empowering Gulf Coast residents.

All in all, AngelHack’s Spring 2014 Brooklyn Hackathon was a major success and showcased some seriously innovative projects and tech. It couldn’t have happened without help from our panel of judges, HUGE, and dedicated sponsors. THANK YOU!

So, Brooklyn, it’s been great, and we will see you again soon! Until then, AngelHack is going to be throwing down awesome hackathons with more prizes for you to win. Find out when we’re coming to YOUR city right here!

 

Troy Petrunoff

Written by Troy Petrunoff